New Year. New Me. Update: Week 29

Progress is slow.

A further update on my New Year. New Me. campaign.

Monday 17 July 2017

  • If you spend enough time on it, you can come across some odd products all with the aim of keeping you looking and feeling great.
  • My current favourite is Super Green Tea Diet.
  • Normally I would be steering clear of something with a name that cheesy, but when you look at the ingredients (and the price) it is a bit of a winner.
  • Take two 15 mins before exercise — the caffeine and guarana will boost performance and enhance results.
  • The Chromium will help reduce body fat and helps regulate the metabolism of blood sugar.
  • Chromium is important in the metabolism of fats and carbohydrates.
  • Chromium helps moves blood sugar (glucose) from the bloodstream into the cells to be used as energy and turn fats, carbohydrates, and proteins into energy.
  • Chromium stimulates fatty acid and cholesterol synthesis, which are important for brain function and other body processes.
  • It is an activator of several enzymes, which are needed to drive numerous chemical reactions necessary to life.
  • Chromium is also important in insulin metabolism.
  • Insulin is an important hormone for controlling blood sugar levels as well as for metabolising fats and proteins in the body.
  • Chromium may decrease the amount of insulin resistance present.


Tuesday 18 July 2017

  • There is nothing like a tight pair of speedos to strengthen your resolve to stop eating Krispy Kremes and get to the gym… Here’s a few other things for your “get ready for winter” list:
  • Donate your chunky knit-wear to the homeless;
  • Sign-up for “Movember” and experiment with some facial hair;
  • Buy some new long-johns;
  • Stock up on Vitamin D3 (you’re going to be short on sunlight);
  • Contemplate a piercing.


Wednesday 19 July 2017

  • If you’re looking for a quick cure-all, that’s total legal and sold over-the-counter, then 5-HTP could be for you.
  • 5-HTP is a naturally occurring amino acid and studies have shown that it can work as an anti-depressant, appetite suppressant and sleep aid.
  • The stresses of modern life can lead to reduced serotonin levels — and this can impact all aspects of your health. 5-HTP helps your body to naturally boost your serotonin levels.
  • I take a couple before bed to make sure I get a solid night’s sleep; whereas my friend Tristan takes a couple before tackling stressful situations.
  • So if you suffer from regular headaches, feeling tired and run-down or just generally irritable, lock yourself in your bathroom, take a long hard look at yourself and ask: “what is stopping me from sleeping?” If the answer is too hard then crack open the 5-HTP.
  • You can find 5-HTP at most retailers of health supplements.


Thursday 20 July 2017

  • Tattoos look great on big arms, but what’s the secret?
  • Bicep curls look like the obvious exercise but really only play a small part. Much of the bulk of your arm comes from triceps — so focus on tri-pull downs and dips (stick a weight belt on and take it deep and slow…)
  • Of course the trouble with tattoos is that they are permanent — like, forever! So what looks amazing when you’re 21 may not seem so appropriate when you’re 45 (or 67 when muscle wastage has set in and your arms are thin and wrinkly — think about it…).
  • A couple of general rules: Maintain your focus on resistance training — don’t let your body adapt and get lazy, age is no barrier to getting in the gym and lifting those weights; If you’re going to get a tattoo, go for something small and timeless; and think about why you’re getting a tattoo — what are you trying to say? Who are you trying to impress? Is this the best way to do it?
  • I’ve only got one tattoo on my body. I don’t regret it, it was exactly the right thing to do at the time, but now being a bit older and wiser I probably wouldn’t do it again.
  • I was 21 and Miff, one of my best friends, had committed suicide in an alcoholic haze. We were living in Australia and on late night TV there was this amazing British comedy called Red Dwarf (based on a great series of books by “Grant Naylor”). Red Dwarf was absolutely Miff’s favourite thing in the world and I decided that the best way to honour Miff’s memory was to get the Red Dwarf logo tattooed on my right shoulder blade.
  • Over the years the colours of the tattoo faded in the sun and I eventually got it repaired — it still retained the Red Dwarf logo shape but was pretty much just a black swirl. It was probably just as well, as when I moved to London I realised just how popular and mainstream Red Dwarf really was and that it would have been pretty naff to have the logo tattooed on my shoulder.
  • I’m sure Miff would understand.


Friday 21 July 2017

  • Acetyl L Carnitine (ALCAR) is derived from the amino acids lysine and methionine. It is found in highest levels in tissues that use fatty acids as their main fuel, such as the skeletal and cardiac muscles.
  • ALCAR has the ability to cross the blood-brain barrier and get to the brain blood circulation, where it acts as a powerful antioxidant, which helps in prevention of the brain cells’ deterioration.
  • ALCAR is also known to increase sperm motility, which pertains to the ability of sperm to move vigorously. Since motility is among the most important factors that help in the determination of sperm’s fertilisation capability, acetyl-L-carnitine can help sperm cells move more actively, which consequently leads to the improved male fertility.
  • Short answer is, if you take it once a day you’ll think better and you’re more likely to father a child. Win-win!